1. Once a student has been accepted for study after interview and audition, practicing is part of the agreement. Recommended time is 30 minutes daily, six days/week. This time is increased as level of skill increases. Parents monitor this on a weekly basis and signing student practice records in Music History in the Making. Remember: students GET to practice six days a week! Please rest one day of your choice, but not lesson day. It is best to practice immediately following a lesson as 50% of the knowledge acquired during a lesson is lost if it has not been reinforced.


2. Recommended practice time per day is 30 minutes for beginners with time increasing as student advances. Advanced students can expect to practice 2-3 hours daily. Time required will be indicated on the weekly lesson assignment. The student is responsible for recording practice time and of course, for practicing as instructed.


3. Home environment should provide a milieu which is conducive to student achievement. A satisfactory, playable instrument, and parental encouragement in the organization of practice time are necessary tools of success for the student. An acoustic piano is required or keyboard.


4. Please be prompt for lessons.


5. There is a variety of independent learning activities: theory, rhythm training, ear training, composer biographies, opera, styles/eras of music, music history and notation.


6. Tuition reserves your lesson time; it is payment for your course of music education. Tuition is non-refundable. What you do with your reserved time, is entirely up to you. Tuition does not include music books/supplies, audition, recital, testing or competition fees.


7. If you are sick and notify the studio 24 hours in advance your lesson time can be reassigned or used a virtual lesson via SKYPE, DUO, ZOOM.



If you are too sick to study,

you are too sick to have a piano lesson.



8. Lessons scheduled during personal vacations during the school year are not considered for lesson cancellations. Absenteeism is an obstacle to progress. It is the student's responsibility to use their reserved lesson time. There are no makeup lessons.

9. If there is a true emergency, such as death in the family or sudden, expected illness, this time will be rescheduled. Try to notify the studio as soon as possible. Due to time constraints, the lesson will be completed during the summer months and most likely will be a group lesson. The number of lessons utilized will be reflected on the monthly statements.


10. Casa de la Música tries to operate on a time schedule. However, there will be times when your private lesson does not begin right on the scheduled hour. Please do not schedule subsequent events so close that you must terminate the lesson before it has ended. Allow enough time to complete your lesson. When students are in a rush to make a deadline elsewhere, they are distracted unable to focus.


11. Casa de la Música reserves the right to dismiss a student midyear for lack of progress due to poor practice habits and attitude. Lesson time will not be used as a substitute for practice time. Prior to dismissal, parents will be notified. Ample time will be given to correct any problems.


12. If objectives for the student are not clear, a conference with parents may be necessary.


13. Please wash hands before lessons. Get in the habit of hand washing before practice or performance. Instruments are expensive and require special care and respect. At the studio, the piano keys can become a medium for communicable diseases, a vector. Cleanliness can reduce this factor. A student may be asked to excuse themselves and wash if need be during a lesson. Fingernails will be clipped short in order that proper hand position can be maintained.



14. A notice of one month is required for students discontinuing lessons for any reason. Once a student embarks on a school year of study, it is expected that they will complete it.


15. Payments for tuition and other student expenses are due by the 10th of each month. A late fee of $40 is charged for payments received after the 10th. A service charge of $40 is applied to all accounts for checks returned for NSF, a term used for Non Sufficient Funds.


16. Full time students are able to participate in recitals, contests and extra-circular activities. It is not possible to prepare part-time students for these activities.


17. Family members are requested to wait outside the studio during lessons. It is too disruptive to have many people in the studio. Parents are welcome during the lesson, but without other children. Students should not bring guests to lessons.


18. Please be alert to school closings due to bad weather. If District #196 closes school for the day, there will be no lessons. Lessons canceled due to bad weather will be made up. Please watch the website for studio closings on this website at weather.


19. The studio follows school calendar of District # 465 Schedule 2022-2023.

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